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Rainbow Goblins [Hardcover]

Ul De Rico
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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June 1 1994
Since its first publication more than 15 years ago, the fantastic colors, amazing detail, and sweeping scope of The Rainbow Goblins have irresistibly invited tens of thousands of children to plunge their imaginations into its vivid world. This charming allegorical tale is once again available in a new edition. 18 color illustrations.

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There once was a land that lived in fear of the seven Rainbow Goblins. Each had its own color, which was also its name, and they were led by Yellow, who was their chief because he was the craftiest. The goblins were feared because they lived on color and scoured the land looking for rainbows. Whenever they saw one they would catch it in their lassoes and suck the colors out of it so that they could fill their bellies with the bright liquids. However, one day the Rainbow Goblins came to a hidden paradise called the Valley of the Rainbow, the one place in all the land that did not fear the goblins.
The story of "The Rainbow Goblins" and the oil paintings on oak panels that illustrate the story, are the work of Count Ulderico Gropplero di Troppenburg (a.k.a. Ul de Rico). "The Rainbow Goblins" is a story about the arrogance of evil and the power of nature, while the artwork would remind you of Renaissance artwork if it were not for the bright colors put into most of the paintings. "Time" described "The Rainbow Goblins" as a fairy tale that might have been told by the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci, a comment that will not mean a lot to the younger readers that will fall in love with this exquisite book, but it will give the rest of us something to think about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most captivating and inspiring book! July 12 1998
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When I was in elementary school, I checked this book every chance I got. The striking artwork and simple storyline captured my soul and taught me to revere beauty and protect it. Also I learned to share life with everyone around me and try to give them the strength this book instilled in me. I guess no words will ever fully describe how I feel about this masterpiece. The artwork is astounding. This book molded me into a very giving and loyal person. People do not believe that just one book could do so much and I just want them to know that it DID. When I finished school, I started thinking of this book and intensified my search after looking for it for eight years. It was no longer printed and when I was about to give up hope, it was reprinted and right away I bought 20 copies. I have passed these books on to first time parents, very close friends, and family members stressing to them how important this book is and how it changed my life and helped me deal with much sorrow that I had when I was younger. When I finally had the book back in my hands, I did not want to waste the moment, so I sat in my garden filled with all the colors of the rainbow that this book taught me about. As the water trickled out of the fountains I had installed and butterflies drank the nector in the blossoms, I sat and read the book slowly studying the pictures for hours at a time. I have a great love for animals, especially African wildlife, and in one of the first pictures it shows giraffes and elephants. I collect elephant sculptures. I will always remember that day I revisited my childhood, and what a tearful day it was. They were not tears of sadness but tears of JOY and admiration for Ul De Rico. Read more ›
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I was asked in the kindergarten where I have worked with the book if I could answer the question in my headline. But I think also that it is not important. Many children and many adults around the world are fascinated by these wonderful paintings. I like this book because it is suitable for all ages and you could work in many different ways with this book. In Germany there is a serie of Dia-pictures produced with these paintings and you can play parts of Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite in order to strengthen the childrens imagination and concentration on the story. It is a pity that the second book "The white goblin" has not be translated into german and that both books are not available any more. The boys in the kindergarten where impressed by the fact that the goblins where evil and not so Disney-like and many childrens draw paintings with rainbows on after listening to my reading in a darkend room and the lightening colours on the white wall. I would recommend it to everybody, teachers, parents and CHILDREN!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fanciful origins of rainbows Oct. 2 1997
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It's hard to believe that 15 years have passed since the original publication of The Rainbow Goblins. I read it then and was delighted with the simple yet moving story of the rainbow. How the goblins stole the colors from the rainbow and hwoo the flowers rescued the colors and banished the goblins. But what attracted me the most was the incredibly beautiful illustrations! The vividness of the colors of the goblins and the rainbow have stayed with me all these years. I was delighted to see this book re-issued. I purchased one as a gift for my young cousin who collects childrens books with outstanding illustrations. The Rainbow Goblins is a book that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, from the young who will love the story of the rainbow, to us older folks who remember seeing rainbows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever Since I was Young... Jan. 24 2000
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For my birthday, many, many years ago, my brother gave me this book. It, as well, was the large version and though I am older, I still page through it slowly and take in the world within the pages. Witout even realizing it, this book taught me to look at things slowly and respectfully. To not rush and glance at things... especially art. But looking at all the amazing details and endless landscapes taught me to observe things carefully and deliberately. I love this book, not only for it's majestic artwork, but the message and lesson I learned from the story laid moral foundations in my character that I never forgot. This is absolutely my favorite book and I look forward to one day reading it to my children and watching them get lost in the pages and the world they hold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!
My mother bought me this book when it first came out, years ago. It was my favorite book of all time, and someone borrowed it and never brought it back which was very sad. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by "brandahoonie"
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PARENTS BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Although the story is a bit formulaic, the pictures are beautifully done... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Jeremy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is truly the most beautiful book ever printed.
My father bought this book for me when I was 11 years old and I remember being mezmerized by the beautiful illustrations. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by adrienne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for children of ALL ages!
Today, I called my grown daughter in MI and her first words to me were "The Rainbow Goblins is in print again"! Read more
Published on March 24 2002 by J. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Child's Dreamland
When I was a little girl, my parents purchased this book for my sisters and me. We spent hours looking at the book and finding all of the new details that were amazingly appearing... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Ki Seh Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the book, find the laserdisc...
...of Japanese guitarist Masayoshi Takanaka. To all who have loved this book (and I am certainly with you! Read more
Published on March 29 2001 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Special gifts
I was given this book by a very special friend when I was a young girl. When my first nephew was born, I would read the book to him and tell him it was our special book. Read more
Published on June 19 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Greatest Story Ever Told...
I had this book when I was a child, and I want everyone to know what a gem of a book this story is. It is a great story, with AMAZING artwork. Read more
Published on May 3 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A true work of art.
The most beautiful children's picture book ever made with a truly magical story. My family went through two copies of this wonderful book. Read more
Published on March 22 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST BOOK IN DA WORLD!
I believe that this is the greatest childrens book in the world! It has great Illustrations and Content that will Extend your childs imagination! I absolutly love this book! Read more
Published on March 16 2000 by Jeremy King :)
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